Day 7 - All Good Things Must Come To An End

We had a sleep in today. I now classify 6:45am as a sleep in after this week! All the seagrass work had been done and it was time to be a tourist for the day.  We were very lucky as Dr James Udy decided to take Glaucus out for one last spin around North Stradbroke island. We were on the search to find Manta Rays! These are huge Rays that can get to 7m in width. It was a bit of a bumpy ride around the island as we headed out to the South Pacific Ocean. At one stage we hit a big wave and I bounced off the side of Glaucus, luckily I was holding on tightly and managed to pull myself back in! That definitely woke me up. There’s no change of relaxing around here, even though the hard seagrass work had been done!

 dolphins

 

We got to snorkel at some pretty amazing places off the island, some places were over 11m deep but the water was so clear we could see all the way to the bottom. Unfortunately we didn’t see any Manta Rays but we did see lots of cool Jellies (not the stinging kind!) and some colourful reef fish. Luckily they kept their distance from me, the word must have got around the island about my crazy fish phobia so they decided to be kind to me.

After our snorkel we came across a pod of dolphins who enjoyed hanging around Glaucus. What an amazing way to end an incredible trip.

I have leant so much on this expedition, I think you could throw me off the back of a boat in Moreton Bay now and I could tell you what species of seagrass was growing there. The seagrass mapping was challenging at times but I have definitely seen how hard scientists work to collect their data and look after and protect the health of Moreton Bay!

My challenge to the Grade 5’s is to find out what our research boats names mean. Remember the boats were called Velella, Glaucus and Tender. Good luck and I’ll see you back at school on Monday. I think it’s going to be a bit of a shock! I might just wear my wetsuit, snorkel and flippers to keep the seagrass mapping dream alive!